One of the missions that Stefano Pioli will look to achieve during the winter break will be to get Charles De Ketelaere feeling full of confidence again ahead of the restart.
After a disappointing World Cup in his Belgium, De Ketelaere returned to training with Milan in Dubai yesterday. The first part of the season was well below expectations and for this Pioli wants to take advantage of the break to try and get the best out of him.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), Pioli welcomed the Belgian back to training yesterday and on both Tuesday and Wednesday he spoke to Charles during training, reiterating his great confidence and his willingness to bet heavily on him also in the second part of this season.
De Ketelaere needs to find a way to forget about pressure that has stifled him since he arrived at the club, given the price tag involved to sign him from Club Brugge and the long negotiation.
The psychological aspect is fundamental, but the tactical question is also important, as Pioli is in fact thinking of moving him closer to the goal and freeing him from some tactical obligations. So far De Ketelaere has not scored since he’s been at Milan and the feeling is that a goal might be a spark.